Women: The State is Not Your Daddy or Husband and Your Sons Know It

One chart from this paper tells the whole story: Did Women’s Suffrage Change the Size and Scope of Government?

Womens Suffrage
Womens Suffrage (click to open larger version)

It has been suggested for a long time that giving women the right to vote in 1920 in the US was the true point at which government began to tax & spend more. So John Lott and Lawrence Kenny gathered and crunched all the data. Pretty damn unmistakable. Here’s a summary article from Lott.

Academics have long pondered why the government started growing precisely when it did. The federal government, aside from periods of wartime, consumed about 2 percent to 3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) up until World War I. It was the first war that the government spending didn’t go all the way back down to its pre-war levels, and then, in the 1920s, non-military federal spending began steadily climbing. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal — often viewed as the genesis of big government — really just continued an earlier trend. What changed before Roosevelt came to power that explains the growth of government? The answer is women’s suffrage.

Seems pretty intuitive to me what happened. Politicians, to win elections, remain in office, continue to hold power and advance political carriers of even more power, influence and control did what any such humanoid would do: they bought their votes fair and square through a strategy of replacing fathers and husbands—men—with themselves.

Men in any capacity are no more of a panacea than any other class of people. But of course, neither is the State. More of course, that doesn’t stop the State lying about it at every turn. They have and it’s been tremendously successful. For women.

Sons, and perhaps daughters too, know better. 39 seconds out of your life. A segment on a daily syndicated women’s talk show where they brought in a few “troubled” boys to face the wrath of a military drill instructor. One of the boys gave an unexpected answer to the question of whether he wanted that drill instructor to be his daddy for the next 8 years.

You’ve seen the look that sergeant gave before. 1982, An Officer and a Gentleman, Richard Gere and Louis Gossett Jr. Another minute of your time.

Or, perhaps this. Now here’s a dad who knows how to give candy to both his 3-yr-old son and 4-yr-old daughter. Another minute for you.

Now that’s a pretty good use for candy. And after all, it’s probably the rare mom that’s gonna teach her son this trick with chocolate.

Here’s the hi-resolution version, just in case anyone needs a clearer look, in the interest of science, of course. I didn’t see any panties in a bunch; that is, until I saw the comments when Robb Wolf shared that video on his Facebook page. Just guess.

Alrighty then… Is that about enough misogyny for one day fer ya?

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  1. daniel on November 15, 2013 at 09:18

    Haha Robb slammed them in the comments.

  2. rob on November 15, 2013 at 13:05

    We’re on a path that is irreversible, it’ll be interesting to see how things turn out. I’ll most likely be dead in 30 years so I won’t get to know.

    The problem is that due to different hormonal makeup, women seek security and avoid risk much more than men do. The government makes promises of security through enforcement, safety nets, and through hiring (the government has always hired a lot of females).

    The latest thing they are trying to regulate is e-cigarettes, which are helping hundreds of thousands of people get off of tobacco. Why do they need to regulate it?

    “We don’t know the long-term effects.”

    You can’t make this up.

  3. Richard Nikoley on November 15, 2013 at 13:14

    I have a vape pipe and I quite like it. I know others who chew nicotine gum who have never smoked, because they enjoy the mind effect of nicotine.

  4. Joshua on November 15, 2013 at 14:15

    rob – the only thing that gives me hope, and it’s not much hope, is that government fails. It has always failed, and it will always fail. Maybe after enough of these cycles of failure, people might think – what if we stopped telling other people how to live their lives? Or at least – wouldn’t it be incredibly cheaper if we failed on our own without any help from government?

    Unfortunately government subsystems are incredibly tenacious with the argument “You just didn’t give us enough money”.

    In any case, government will not, can not, achieve permanency.

  5. Todd on November 15, 2013 at 21:21

    I had a quiet laugh to myself today about government and democracy in the context of a quote from Christopher Priest’s The Prestige:

    “Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called “The Pledge”. The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course… it probably isn’t. The second act is called “The Turn”. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you’re looking for the secret… but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn’t clap yet. Because making something disappear isn’t enough; you have to bring it back. That’s why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call “The Prestige.”

    Government, the great illusionist. Takes your natural rights, turns them into legal rights, and then holds a vote where you get to choose the rights which you’ve had inherent all along. Greatest show on earth. They’ll selling freedom at the concessions too.

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